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World’s Fair Christmas in Chicago & Meet George A. Tribble!
Participating in Jocelyn Green’s World’s Fair Christmas Tour of Chicago last month met every expectation and more. What an amazing time we had. Oh, how many new places I saw and new things I learned about this city of my family’s roots in America. And tons of ideas for Tangled Promises’ sequel. See a few […]
Never to Late to Realize Your Dream
This was me as a child. I imagined myself on my little flying carpet gathering stories to write down later. But later never came. My family moved so often, that my treasured tales seemed to fly away with the wind. The teachers that encouraged my talent were left behind, and my friends were left behind, […]
Is there a Little Free Library in Your Town?
Does your community have one or several Little Free Libraries? I was amazed to find four of them within five minutes of my home. Sadly, the shelf of the second one pictured was empty. What is a Little Free Library? Exactly […]
Fruits, Spices, and Christmas in July
When do you begin your Christmas shopping? Do you enjoy finding special gifts for those on your gift list? Do you dread the task? Is gift-giving just one more thing on your stressful holiday to-do list? It brings me great joy to find or create the perfect gift for each individual. I keep my eyes […]
Heidi – My First Christian Fiction Read?
What was the first Christian Fiction book you read? My answer to this question posed in a social media post: Christy by Catherine Marshall. Released while we were in high school in 1967, many of my friends and I read and thoroughly enjoyed this story of faith set in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. (Little […]
Remembering: God, Family, and Inspiration
I met the girl in this photo when I was five years old. What I didn’t know then? Her story is a part of my heritage. Before my parents brought me home from the hospital, Dad started a doll collection for his little girl. He purchased a tiny porcelain doll dressed in a pink-smocked dress […]
Fun Facts about the 4th of July
This weekend we celebrate Independence Day or the Fourth of July in America. Whichever name you call it, here are a few fun facts about the holiday. In 1958 Robert G. Heft, a 16-year-old student designed the 50-star flag as an assignment in his history class. The teacher gave him a B-, but when he […]
Let’s Talk Charades
An author researches many topics along their writing journey. With my current work-in-progress set in the second half of the nineteenth century, my curiosity was stirred about children’s party games (and adult parlor games, too). Alice in Wonderland was written in 1865. An outdoor party game was croquet. You can learn about its history here. Many games […]
Are You Suffering from Touch Starvation?
We’ve been forbidden human touch. We’ve become afraid of human touch, but we’re also missing it. In these days of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing extending far beyond the two weeks to flatten the curve, we’ve had one of our most basic needs stripped from us. Basic needs are usually considered to be water, shelter, […]